Super Specs Solve Search Stress

March 14, 2008
The UK’s Daily Mail has a report on intelligent glasses that help wearers locate frequently mislaid items like car keys, cell phones, and the like.
The specs — developed by Japanese researchers under the tutelage of Professor Kuniyoshi at the University of Tokyo — feature a built in camera, display screen and computer brain which aid in finding misplaced objects.
Professor Kuniyoshi thinks these glasses might revolutionize the lives of people who suffer from memory problems.
According to the Daily Mail:
The Smart Goggles contain a compact video camera which films everything the wearer looks at — and a viewfinder which fits snugly in front of the right lens.
The glasses are connected to a small, but smart computer processor worn on the back which can learn to recognize shapes extremely quickly.
To use the glasses, the wearer first wanders around a house or workplace for an hour or so, looking at the objects he or she may later want to find in a hurry.
Each time the camera focuses on a object — such as a set of keys, a mobile phone or a purse — the wearer says the name aloud. The name is then recorded and stored into the memory.
At some point in the future, if the wearer is trying to find their keys in a hurry, they simply name the object.
Now if I could only remember where I left my damn glasses…

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  1. Benjamin Wright :

    Greg: Cybernetic systems like these goggles will raise interesting legal issues. The goggles can record audio. But in states like Pennsylvania and Michigan, it is often illegal to record voice conversations without the prior consent of all parties. --Ben

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